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AccessU 2020 includes two days of talks followed by two days of multi-track training classes. The schedule for each day is linked by date.

Our rooms at AccessU 2020 are dedicated to some of the most notable people in the accessibility space.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020: Single-track Talks

9:30 AM
to 10:00 AM
Wed, May 13

10:00 AM
to 10:45 AM
Wed, May 13

  • Track: Design/UX

    Efficient & Effective Design: Conserving Cognitive Energy Christopher Schmitt Room

    taught by: Glenda Sims

    More Information about Efficient & Effective Design: Conserving Cognitive Energy

    What if I told you that I could make you fall in love with Cognitive Accessibility? I don’t ever want you to compromise on good design. Let me show you how the principles of Cognitive Design can elevate your UI to a delightful user experience for all. Learn about key cognitive challenges and how they exist in our daily lives. Explore actionable design principles that will reduce mental friction for all of your users. Session Detail for Efficient & Effective Design: Conserving Cognitive Energy

11:00 AM
to 11:45 AM
Wed, May 13

12:00 PM
to 12:15 PM
Wed, May 13

12:15 PM
to 1:30 PM
Wed, May 13

  • Track: General

    Lunch Break Ana Sisnett Room

1:00 PM
to 2:15 PM
Wed, May 13

  • Track: Business/Content

    Choosing the Best Audio Description Format for Your Video Content Christopher Schmitt Room

    taught by: Celia Huges & co-presented by: April Sullivan

    More Information about Choosing the Best Audio Description Format for Your Video Content

    Do you know what you need before choosing an Audio Description provider or creating described videos in-house? Come to this session to learn from experienced audio describers about the difference between standard and extended audio description, and which is best for the type of visual material you are presenting. Get ahead of the game by learning what you need to do to make sure your videos are universally designed from the beginning; so audio description is built into your process, saving you … Session Detail for Choosing the Best Audio Description Format for Your Video Content

2:30 PM
to 3:15 PM
Wed, May 13

3:30 PM
to 4:15 PM
Wed, May 13

4:45 PM
to 5:00 PM
Wed, May 13

5:00 PM
to 6:00 PM
Wed, May 13

  • Track: General

    Happy Hour Christopher Schmitt Room

    More Information about Happy Hour

    On the evening of Wednesday, May 13, Knowbility opens our virtual doors to all in the accessibility community. Join us first for a tribute to our colleague and dear friend Christopher Schmitt followed by a virtual happy hour which will include event highlights, updates about the upcoming conference day, and continuing with networking and discussion breakouts to encourage connection between attendees. We hope you can join us! Session Detail for Happy Hour

Thursday, May 14, 2020: Single-track Talks

8:00 AM
to 8:45 AM
Thu, May 14

  • Track: Coding & Testing

    Respecting User Preferences On The Web Christopher Schmitt Room

    taught by: Eric Eggert

    More Information about Respecting User Preferences On The Web

    Starting with reduced motion preferences, websites and apps are becoming increasingly aware of a user’s display preferences. Learn how this affects creating new interfaces.Different users have different needs for their web experience. That difference is even greater between different types of disabilities – where one user needs high contrasts, another user might be sensitive to stark contrasts. CSS gives developers simple, yet powerful tools to address those different needs for different users … Session Detail for Respecting User Preferences On The Web

9:00 AM
to 9:45 AM
Thu, May 14

10:00 AM
to 10:45 AM
Thu, May 14

11:00 AM
to 11:45 AM
Thu, May 14

12:00 PM
to 1:30 PM
Thu, May 14

  • Track: General

    Lunch Break Ana Sisnett Room

1:30 PM
to 2:15 PM
Thu, May 14

2:30 PM
to 3:15 PM
Thu, May 14

3:30 PM
to 4:15 PM
Thu, May 14

Tuesday, May 19, 2020: Multi-track Trainings

8:30 AM
to 9:30 AM
Tue, May 19

9:45 AM
to 10:45 AM
Tue, May 19

11:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
Tue, May 19

  • Track: Coding & Testing

    Creating Accessible Tables Christopher Schmitt Room

    taught by: Jim Allan

    More Information about Creating Accessible Tables

    Tables can pose unique usability and accessibility challenges to people, including those using assistive and mobile technologies. This BYOL hands-on session will review current practices and strategies to making tables usable and accessible using semantic HTML and CSS. We will review how screen-readers and other assistive technologies interact with tables. Session Detail for Creating Accessible Tables

  • Track: Education & Gaming

    Designing Accessible Games Ana Sisnett Room

    taught by: Steven Lambert

    More Information about Designing Accessible Games

    Learn about the principles of accessibility in games and how to design your games with accessibility in mind Session Detail for Designing Accessible Games

  • Track: Coding & Testing

    Enhance Your Accessibility With ARIA Jim Thatcher Room

    taught by: Megan Zlock

    More Information about Enhance Your Accessibility With ARIA

    During this talk, Megan will walk through ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications), covering ARIA roles, attributes, and some examples. She’ll walk through common ARIA patterns in depth and provide resources for developers to further their ARIA knowledge on their own. Session Detail for Enhance Your Accessibility With ARIA

  • Track: Business/Content

    Section 508 and WCAG 2.1+ — Key Things You Need To Know! Bill Cahill Room

    taught by: Bruce Bailey

    More Information about Section 508 and WCAG 2.1+ — Key Things You Need To Know!

    Section 508 Standards from the US Access Board were updated to include the W3C’s WCAG 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria and conformance requirements. In 2018, the W3C published an update – WCAG 2.1. What are the implications of standards evolution for accessibility managers in institutions of all types and sizes? How do we stay current and ensure that the needs of all our stakeholders are met while we conform to legal requirements? This full day class will take you through the important details of … Session Detail For Section 508 and WCAG 2.1+ — Key Things You Need To Know!

12:00 PM
to 1:30 PM
Tue, May 19

  • Track: General

    Lunch & Keynote by Jamie Knight John Slatin Room

    taught by: Jamie Knight

    More Information about Lunch & Keynote by Jamie Knight

    We often describe disability as the mismatch between a person and their environment. The barriers in the environment disable us. Virtual Reality (VR) gives us the tools to redefine the environment that surrounds us. Eliminating barriers and enhancing access and inclusion. This presentation covers the work of the BBC VR Barriers project. Providing an overview of the project and discussing some of the adventures we have along the way. Session Detail For Lunch & Keynote by Jamie Knight

1:30 PM
to 2:30 PM
Tue, May 19

1:30 PM
to 3:45 PM
Tue, May 19

2:45 PM
to 3:45 PM
Tue, May 19

4:00 PM
to 5:00 PM
Tue, May 19

5:15 PM
to 6:15 PM
Tue, May 19

Wednesday, May 20, 2020: Multi-track Trainings

8:30 AM
to 9:30 AM
Wed, May 20

9:45 AM
to 10:45 AM
Wed, May 20

11:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
Wed, May 20

12:00 PM
to 1:30 PM
Wed, May 20

1:30 PM
to 2:30 PM
Wed, May 20

2:45 PM
to 3:45 PM
Wed, May 20

4:00 PM
to 5:00 PM
Wed, May 20

5:00 PM
to 5:30 PM
Wed, May 20